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It was a historic season for the Crimson, as the squad captured its first-ever Ivy League title to cap off its fall schedule in November.
Among rugby's senior standouts was co-captain Xanni Brown, who spearheaded the Crimson’s offensive charge as the team’s leading scorer.
Entering its first USA Rugby Division I National Championships as a varsity squad, the Harvard women’s rugby team (7-6) looked compete against the country’s top teams in the Sweet Sixteen.
Co-captains Ali Haber and Xanni Brown were sidelined with injuries before and during Saturday afternoon's contest at No. 1 Penn State, which defeated the Crimson, 50-12.
Cheta Emba—who also splits time as a goalkeeper for the varsity women’s soccer team—helped spearhead the Harvard rugby team’s offensive charge against Boston College with four first-half tries.
Boston College had nothing to stop the Harvard women’s rugby team as the Crimson (7-3) cruised to a 105-0 victory over the Eagles.
The No. 11 Crimson took on No. 4 American International College in a Saturday afternoon contest at Cumnock Field, and the powerful Yellow Jackets offense proved too much for the injury-hampered Crimson squad in the 56-19 loss.
The Harvard rugby team (6-2, 5-1 Ivy) has accomplished a lot in the past year. But it doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The No. 11 Crimson will continue its inaugural varsity season outside the Ancient Eight this spring
Seeing its first action since November, the Crimson (6-2) picked up its spring schedule right where it left off in the fall with a 22-5 win over West Chester University (5-3).
In rugby, the men’s and women’s teams play exactly the same game. There are the same rules, the same setup, and the same plays for both teams despite the gender differences.
Three years later, it’s hard to recognize those freshmen who'd never played rugby in the women who played on a National Championship-winning squad in 2011, guided their team to varsity status over the past two years, and recently won their first Ivy League Championship.
A little over two months removed from its first varsity practice, the Crimson found itself rightfully situated at the top of the Ivy League. But this wasn’t exactly the “rags to riches” season it may, at first glance, appear to be.
In a season of many firsts, the Harvard women’s rugby team reached another milestone on Sunday, capturing its first ever Ivy League Championship title.
The Crimson, seeded second, will face third-seeded Brown in the first round on Saturday. No. 1 seed Dartmouth will be facing fourth-seeded Princeton. If it wins on Saturday, Harvard expects to play Dartmouth in the final game on Sunday for the league title.